Please, for the love of God, know that sex is normal and natural. Please do not feel shame if you end up giving in to normal biological urges, but before you do please seek out comprehensive information on sex, contraception, and protection.
Both emotional and physical purity were seen as the gold standard, and presented as totally attainable and absolutely necessary to be in good standing with God. I was completely sincere in my belief at that time and bought it all: hook, line and sinker.
As pre-pubescents, we wait for this mysterious visitor. In our twenties, we pray we get it each month because we want confirmation that we're not pregnant. Then we hit our 30s, and many of us are trying to get pregnant. It's no wonder we have a love/hate relationship with our periods.
I care about life not simply "happening" to me. And I think I'm not the only one. Mandating contraception education that truly equips adolescents to make choices about contraception is the goal we have been missing all along.
When I sat down to write What Makes a Baby, I didn't think gender would be the most controversial part. I thought that if anyone had a problem with the book it would be because I don't put a married heterosexual couple in the middle of the story. I should have known.
"Homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and ... homosexual conduct is a criminal offense." As much as I wish this were a 1950s-era example of past homophobia washed away, this text is from the current sex education requirements under Alabama state law.